Crime Royalty Romance, #2
by Lesley Young
Charlie Sykes takes everything and everyone at face value—and believes life would be a lot easier if everyone else did, too. Aussie Jace Knight, international hotelier and purported playboy, has never met anyone like the absurdly literal and obliviously beautiful American who applies for his personal assistant position. The trouble is, how do you pursue a woman whose definition of flirting comes straight out of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary? That, and he’s not the only one after Charlie. Seems Mr. Knight might not be a reformed criminal after all.
Soon, Charlie’s immersed in a whirlwind of international espionage that takes her from the hip streets of Sydney to the majestic Great Barrier Reef and the wild, desolate outback. A dangerous trap’s being set, but how will Charlie protect herself and prevent a tragic betrayal, when she can’t even sort out what her heart’s telling her?
This is my first book of Lesley Young’s to read and review and I was definitely impressed. I read the whole thing in one sitting. It drew me in from the very beginning and is a definite page turner. The characters were great (even though Charlie’s literal speech and thought took a little getting used to at first).
Jace and Charlie have kind of an instant connection but it’s subtle and I think neither of them really realize what’s going on. Jace is this seriously successful and sexy hotelier and businessman that is a total alpha male. He’s good at being in charge. He’s also very intrigued by Charlie. Charlie is very literal and analytical. She doesn’t do emotions well at all which is why her reactions to Jace surprise her. The way she thinks and talks is a bit strange at times but also hilarious in certain moments. Despite their differences, they make a great couple and I really enjoyed watching them both develop as people but also as a couple.
This story line was engaging and fast paced. I was quickly and easily submerged in their world. It was easy to visualize the scenes and the characters interactions. The story flowed really well and the scenes transitioned smoothly. I really liked this book and I will definitely be going back to read book 1, The Frenchman. 5 out of 5 palm trees!
I slid into a soft leather upright, and put my satchel on the floor beside me. Mr. Knight said nothing.I waited, calmly, expecting him to peruse my prominent breasts, especially since my nipples were no doubt peaked through my thin blouse and bra. But, he did not, which I greatly respected. Instead, he openly appraised my face, and finally, smiled.“So Miss Sykes, what brings such a beautiful yank to Sydney then?”“My looks are not at all pertinent, Mr. Knight.” His smile dropped. “I chose Australia spontaneously,” I offered, having enough sense not to share the Muriel’s Wedding detail. “I simply moved here to start fresh.”He leaned forward in his chair, examining me much closer, eyes narrowed. “There are only a few reasons why a woman such as yourself leaves America for down under . . . Miss Sykes.”I waited for his assumption.“You’re running from someone. An ex? Husband? Boyfriend?”I did not like the way he eyed me just then.“Incorrect on all counts,” I informed him. “I have never had any of those. But I do not believe my sexual history, or lack of it, is pertinent to the job interview.” As I spoke, his full lips had popped open and his eyebrows had hiked farther up, creating strong lines in his forehead.“Here we go,” I thought, frowning. Something I was doing was confusing him. Of course, I had no idea what it was. My tone of voice? Something I had said? It was like trying to figure out an alien alphabet. I cleared my throat. “However, you can be rest assured I am in Australia for no reason other than a desire to live life, finally, and that I have no intentions of leaving.” I did not want him to think I was not capable of a long-term commitment to the company should things work out.
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Lesley Young is an award-winning journalist by day and a compulsive romance novelist by night. Her most recent series—Crime Royalty Romance—features unforgettable heroines who fall in love with dangerous men while on adventures abroad. Her fast-paced novels are rich with intricate plots, sizzling romance and gripping character development. You’ll root for her characters from page one!
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